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October 20, 1999

Teman Treadway to Appear at the Library of Congress in "Call Me Ishmael": Selections from Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Actor Teman Treadway will present "'Call Me Ishmael': Selections from Moby-Dick; or, the Whale," by Herman Melville, at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, at the Library of Congress. The program, featuring selections made by Mr. Treadway and directed by Alyn Beauchamp, is presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund. The reading will be held in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Tickets are not required.

Mr. Treadway has acted at Ford's Theater, Studio Theater, Round House, SCENA, Theater of the First Amendment, Potomac Theater Project, MetroStage, Source, Interact, and the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, among others. He appeared as the Master of Ceremonies in Brecht's Jungle of the Cities; Talthybius in Euripides' Trojan Women; Thomas Mendip in The Lady's Not for Burning; Don Quixote and Cervantes in Man of La Mancha; and Tyler Moss in Crossing Delancey, for which he received rave notices. Two years ago he and Ms. Beauchamp founded the Providence Theater Company and directed George Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion.

In previous appearances in the Library of Congress literary series, Mr. Treadway read the English translations of three Pegasus Prize- winning novels, Turbulence by Jia Pingwa, Year of the Frog by Martin Simecka, and Night by Bilge Karasu. Two seasons ago, he read from the works of William S. Burroughs in the program "The Name Is Burroughs." Last spring, he presented "To Ithaca: Selections from Homer's Odyssey."

The poetry and literature reading series at the Library of Congress is the oldest in the Washington area, and one of the oldest in the United States. This annual series of public poetry and fiction readings, lectures, symposia, and occasional dramatic performances began in the 1940s and has been almost exclusively supported since 1951 by a gift from the late Gertrude Clarke Whittall, who wanted to bring the enjoyment and appreciation of good literature to a larger audience. The Poetry and Literature Center, which administers the series, is also the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936, when the late philanthropist Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library of Congress. Since then, many of the nation's most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and, after the passage of Public Law 99-194 in 1985, as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The Poet Laureate suggests poets to read in the literary series, plans other special literary events during the reading season, and often introduces the programs.

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PR 99-157
ISSN 0731-3527

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